Cruise & Ferry Review - Spring/Summer 2023

28 MARKETWATCH One easy way for passenger ship operators to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and decrease their impact on climate change is to install more efficient lights that consume less energy onboard their cruise ships and ferries. TVV Marine Lighting has created a portfolio of sustainable LED luminaires that are easy to maintain and designed for long-term use. The components of the LED lights are designed to meet Zhaga standards, which means they can be easily interchanged with those from different manufacturers. This makes it easy for clients to upgrade their lights by simply replacing the LED modules or components. This flexibility extends the lifetime of the whole light fitting, improving cost effectiveness and making them more environmentally friendly. Meanwhile, the use of LEDs minimises wasted electricity. Aldona Mäkinen is CEO of TVV Marine Lighting How can lighting solutions be more energy efficient and sustainable? Viewpoint: Aldona Mäkinen Celebrity Cruises debuts first-ever metaverse cruise experience Celebrity Cruises has revealed the industry’s first virtual cruise ship experience, Wonderverse, which enables guests to interact with a hyper-realistic virtual representation of the line’s new ship, Celebrity Beyond. The digital metaverse experience allows guests to look around Celebrity Beyond’s onboard spaces, starting with The Magic Carpet where they can meet others for virtual cocktails and dinner. They can also explore the Grand Plaza at the centre of the ship, the Sunset Bar and The Resort Deck, which is home to the main swimming pool. Wonderverse will also allow visitors to virtually explore destinations such as Santorini in Greece, Tokyo in Japan, and St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Technology group Wärtsilä will supply dual-fuel engines and axial flow waterjets for Baleària’s new high-speed ro-pax ferry. Margarita Salas is currently being built at the Astilleros Armon Gijon yard in Spain. It will have the same dimensions as its sister vessel Eleanor Roosevelt, which, at 123 metres long, is currently the longest high-speed ferry in the world. However, the new vessel’s engines will provide 10 per cent greater power and increased fuel efficiency. New Baleària fast ferry to feature Wärtsilä propulsion solutions Photo: Wärtsilä